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1. Since it's basically FREE, it generates a healthy population number most of the time, also it generates a healthy amount of new players, wich in a sence takes away the problems with MMO age and players being capped and in end games in MMO's.
2. It makes MMO's comming to consoles easier, ..this in turn makes the MMO hobby bigger and new players and fanbase is increasing.
3 It costs less to develop, just start up the cashshop and let the game generate Money. and It let's itself develop over time and popularity.
4 It leaves the doors open for games that has been less fortunate , to actually start a new Life as a FTP title, like many games has these Days. To give it new Life
Well..Thats basically It for positive Points regarding Free to Play
1. As in the first good Points it also Draws a a healthy number of players that(I'd say most of them) ..well, basically has no interesst in actually playing this game, they are just in there to check it out, gloat , stir up some trouble then leave. Also, with every jerk that creates an account, It takes up needed space and names for serious players.
2. You WILL never see a free to play game with the same amount of budgets as for example..SWTOR and TSW ..There is simply to much risktaking in creating such a expensive game with the risk of loosing it all. Atleast Neverwinter sold pioneer packs at release, but still Neverwinter is far from a high budget MMO.
3 The Item Store, If you like huge roleplaying Worlds (Like I do) ..This will take down the immersion to almost the bottom, there is nothing as horrible than to be reminded about the itemstore at each click of your mouse. and the Items that are only available in a store is stupid, where did they come from ? How did they end up in this World ? Yeah, via a virtual store.
I was reminded in this thread that there are "non mmo's" and other games that has a cash shop aswell, Yeah thats right and they are as horrible in these games as well.
4 It creates players that..much like the community that plays pirated games, takes every released game for granted. If It comes with a cost, they will scream and shout and curse at the developers for not letting them play this game since it's their given right and can play every other game that is F2P. How dare you ask for some Money back ?
5 As in Point 4 of the good track , it generates a high amount of games that was never intended to be a F2P , yet now they are like SWTOR, AoC and LOTRO . Games like this with a high production value are now a F2P title among the rest of the rotten fruits that floats around in this market. Wich in turn give these game some bad publicity , Just look around on some of them ad's on this site, It can't be fun to get mixed up with Scarlet Blade for example,
Many new players won't even know it's history, yet they will learn that, Ohh can I play such a good game for Free, and they will learn to demand it every time a new title releases
Games with such a high production value (developers atleast got their box sales) will never see the light of day as a FTP starter game, yet that will never stop the angry horde to demand that every released game will go FTP, Im looking at TESO for example. ..This Point 5 almost belongs in the UGLY cathegory aswell.
1 .It generates some good amount of Money grabbing developers that, well ..Only generates FTP game after FTP as cheap as possible to hopefully generate some cash, these developers will naturally have a BAD reputation, but it will still lure some players with flashy banners and ad's. Many often seen on this site.
These guys often have the games counterpart on facebook and some shady greenlight Project on steam etc,
These games are often a copy of each other, with lore (If any) that anyone can write in a cofee break. They are very ugly and cheap but just on the border of this so it could actually raise some funds for the shady Company.
The possibilities and creativity to lure players to these shitty games seems to be endless.